i am not standing by

Willem van Spronsen (1950–2019) had been arrested previously during a demonstration at the same ICE detention center in June 2018. In the earlier incident he had a physical altercation with a police officer during an effort to free a protester who was detained.

Van Spronsen had written a manifesto laying out what he viewed as a political justification for attacking the ICE facility. In this document, van Spronsen stated that “it’s time to take action against the forces of evil”, citing “highly profitable detention/concentration camps and a battle over the semantics.” His action prevented ICE from being able to conduct their scheduled raids in the days that followed.

This zine is Willem Van Spronsen’s manifesto and final statement on his heroic actions, which resulted in his murder by the police.

A printable PDF of this zine can be found here.

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